9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Head to Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, stop by Souvenir Leo, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 2.5-hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Spas · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 25th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

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Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

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Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.